Wisconsin at Indiana men’s soccer

FINAL: INDIANA 2, WISCONSIN 0. Very solid win for the No. 12 Hoosiers (9-2-1 overall, 3-0 Big Ten). It was the seventh clean sheet Luis Soffner has posted this season, and no Big Ten team has scored on IU this season through three matches. Eriq Zavaleta continued his superb offensive season with a goal in each half.

6:20: Near hat-trick for Zavaleta as he streaked inside the 18 one-v-keeper, but his running right-footer stayed just outside the far post.

35:09: Superb over-lapping run down the left wing and cross from Patrick Doody leads to a soaring, well-struck header from freshman Femi Hollinger-Janzen that barely missed tucking inside the far post.

41:57: Goal No. 11 on the season for Eriq Zavaleta, off a nifty thru-ball from A.J. Carrado led into the 18. A pair of Badger defenders flanked Zavaleta, but he had a step on them and they weren’t going to catch him and his diagonal shot on the run was perfectly place past keeper Chase Rau. The Badgers of former IU player and assistant coach John Trask are big and physical, very dangerous in the air, but can’t seem to quite match IU’s skill and speed.

HALFTIME: Indiana 1, Wisconsin 0
The Hoosiers lead and had most of the play early, but the Badgers looked dangerous down the stretch in the first half. Wisconsin, as is customary, looked strong in the air. A Paul Yonga header with 18:52 left in the half went just high, and A.J. Cochran’s header at 4:52. But the best Badger chance came with 2:30 left as Chris Prince volleyed a rocket shot from 15 requiring a brilliant leaping save from IU’s Luis Soffner at the upper left corner. Any sort of restart looks potent for Wisconsin, but it was conversion off a restart that has the home team ahead.

IU maintains a 5-4 edge in shots and a 4-1 bulge in corner-kicks at intermission.

34:58 left: Indiana 1, Wisconsin 0. The Hoosiers, beaten on a corner-kick by the Badgers last season, game UW a taste of that medicine just 10 minutes into the game as sophomore striker Eriq Zavaleta notched his 10th goal of the season. A.J. Corrado took the corner, which was then slipped into the goalbox by Nikita Kotlov to Zavaleta’s foot and the Big Ten scoring leader wasn’t going to miss from point-blank range.

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  • TsaoTsuG #1

    Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 8:20 PM EDT

    Question- ‘Corrado took the corner and Kotlov slipped (head lipped, touch pass) to Zabaleta??…. ‘ Thanks, just trying to picture Andy.

    Also, an idea of how IU is handling the ball (ground, short passes…? Are the Hoosiers spreading the field, something in other reports has given me the impression that problems may be in playing too narrow (saw a couple of game tapes where it seemed wing-to-wing was about 30 yards). Big game for IU. Thanks.

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